Some SOPA/PIPA Supporters Vow to Fight for Big Media to the Bitter End
January 19, 2012 8:30 PM
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"You may vote me out of office, but I will come back richer than you can imagine!"
For months now we've been covering the U.S. House of Representative's
"Stop Online Piracy Act"
) and its Senate equivalent, the "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) (
), but after weeks of analyzing this bill whose punitive provisions could have proven the death of the internet economy and the bequest of big media, it appears that a
massive populist outcry
has taken the bill towards its grave.
I. SOPA Strike? So Good, so Far
It would be folly to compare the protest against SOPA/PIPA to the Arab Spring, in so much as the Arab Spring sought to fully sweep out local corrupt politicians/dictators, where as the protests only sought to sweep away a single piece of legislation cooked up by politicians welcoming blatant bribery (big media
paid appr. 10 percent
combined active Senators' campaign costs
, and tens of millions in parallel donations to members of the House to have its bill passed).
Nonetheless, some in the mass media and blogosphere will doubtless latch onto the passing similarity, in that the SOPA/PIPA protest approached the scale and passion seen in the Arab Spring, and compelled the typically politically apathetic public to take to the internet in protest.
Indeed this was the biggest digital protest on American soil to date. Past promised campaigns by internet groups like
promised such wonders
, but largely underdelivered. But backed at last by some members of industry (companies like Google Inc. (
) and Amazon.com Inc. (
) who could have seen their prosperity destroyed by the act) and everday Janes and Joes who wouldn't know their Androids from their
, an unprecedented digital populist army marched forth against SOPA/PIPA.
II. The Congressional Critters Flee Sinking Ship
And it didn't take long for some of SOPA's well-funded supporters to perhaps realize that
campaign contributions wouldn't do them much good
if they were voted out of office.
The results are
Left to Right:
Pre-protest; Yesterday; Today;
(right click, click open image in new tab to view each phase closeup)
Note: Each orange 'X' represents a defecting politician, who retracted their sponsorship of SOPA.
Original Senate supporters:
Total who've abandoned bill thus far:
Those who've called it quits in the Senate:
Those who remain in the Senate:
30 total (Senate is Democratic controlled)
11 Republicans, including 2008 Presidential nominee
Sen. John McCain
1 Independent --
Sen. Joe Lieberman
Original House supporters
Those who've called it quits in the House:
5 total (House is Republican controlled)
Those who remain in the House:
III. Some Even Pledge Fresh Opposition
The following Representatives/Senators oppose SOPA/PIPA:
(Ones boxed in red represent those who have reversed their opinions from being a cosponsor to being a vocal opponent.)
(right click, click open image in new tab to view these opponents closeup)
Note the biggest trend with the waning support of SOPA is that the Republicans are jumping ship from what was originally a bipartisan bill first. Critics would likely comment that perhaps Republicans are simply better at sensing when the ship is sinking and they should scurry away. Supporters of these politicians would likely defend them, arguing their opinions weren't fully formed yet (regardless of what lobbyist donations they happened to accept). Regardless, the Republicans take most of the current credit for thinning the ranks of supports.
By contrast the ranks of opponents to the bills sees strong support from both parties.
IV. To the Bitter End
Despite the fact that vocal opponents outnumber the proponents almost two to one now, and despite the tremendously unpopularity, SOPA key backers -- many of whom were the most deeply funded/bribed by big media during the last campaign cycle -- vow to continue on and find a way to pass SOPA/PIPA.
Rep. Lamar Smith feels he's above the laws he's looking to subject his lowly proles to.
[Image Source: Lamar Smith]
Among those is
Rep. Lamar Smith
(R- Tex.). He called his constituents express their freedom of speech a "publicity stunt" and says he will, come hell or high water, bring SOPA before the House floor for debate in February.
And for Senators McCain and Lieberman -- both men who once lusted for the powers of presidency -- are with him. After all, even if the threat of veto by President Obama stands in their way, even if their colleagues stand in their way too, even if it seems like political suicide, how often do you find someone to pay that much of your campaign costs? Money talks.
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Why no blackout?
1/20/2012 9:59:47 AM
Why didn't DT have a blackout or some kind of massive anti-SOPA front page graphic like many other sites did?
RE: Why no blackout?
1/20/2012 12:30:07 PM
This was explained numerous times during the blackout by DT (mainly Mr. Mick). For a news site to blackout, that would not really help the situation, and I agree with their stance, that the best option was to have articles about it so people could be informed, and join the cause.
While some sites completely blacked out (wikipedia) many others, including google basically just blacked out the logo and put a link to the site to protest. I think that DT posting the links to contact the congressmen and women and giving links to join the movement, as well as offering a place to discuss the topic was a much greater help than shutting down.
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